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Cruising with Koz

Magazine article Out

Cruising with Koz

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Saxophonist Dave Koz attracts legions of straight fans, and not one seems to care that he's gay.

On the Dave Koz & Friends at Sea Jazz Cruise in November, a handsome young gay pianist, Brian Kinler, played a 90-minute solo set in one of the ship's bars for 30 or 40 straight music lovers. Not one of them flinched when the piano man dedicated a song to his life partner, Steve. The smooth jazz world-in which the cruise's host, out saxophone virtuoso Koz, is a superstar-isn't much interested in who's gay or straight, Jewish or goyish, black or white.

"I loved the fact that I would turn around on the cruise and see every ethnicity, age group, and sexual orientation represented," says Koz, 42, who recalls meeting a lesbian couple on their post-civil union honeymoon. "What I want in everything that I do is to create an environment where everybody can feel validated, welcomed, warm, invited. And the common denominator is the music."

Thus the blurring of gay and straight iconography on Koz's new album, At the Movies. …

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